Avanti continues African expansion with dignitary meeting

13 February 2024

Avanti Communications has welcomed Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, the UK Secretary of State for Business and Trade, President of the Board of Trade, and Minister for Women and Equalities and Helen Grant MP, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, to Lagos for a special meeting at its office in Ikoyi.

The meeting with the UK Government dignitaries, which took place on February 12th, was scheduled to discuss Avanti’s work across the country in the areas of rural connectivity and education.

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South Africa extends 2G/3G shutdown to end-2027

09 February 2024

South Africa's Department of Communications and Digital Transformation has set 31 December 2027 as the new deadline for the total shutdown of 2G and 3G networks in the country.

It was in September 2022 that the South African government unveiled a roadmap to shut down the 2G and 3G networks, in the first half of 2024 and March 2025 respectively. The initiative aimed to free up frequencies for the extension of the networks 4G and 5G.

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MasterCard invests up to $200 million in MTN Group Fintech

08 February 2024

MasterCard yesterday sealed a definitive agreement with MTN, for a minority investment of up to $200 million in MTN Group Fintech, valued at $5.2 billion on a cash and debt-free basis.

“These agreements complement the larger commercial relationship between the Group and Mastercard to support the continued development and growth of technology and infrastructure to drive financial inclusion across the African continent. This commercial relationship is a key enabler for the acceleration of our fintech business’ payments and remittance services,” said MTN in a statement.

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Paratus South Africa to offer Eutelsat OneWeb connectivity

07 February 2024

Paratus South Africa has signed a new partnership agreement with Eutelsat OneWeb to strengthen its satellite connectivity services. 

The company will now be able to offer its customers low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite services, in addition to the GEO services it already offered.

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